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Case report
Venous thromboembolism in a patient with noninvasive thymoma and a history of pemphigus

Waldemar Elikowski, Wojciech Dyszkiewicz, Małgorzata Małek, Karolina Karman, Mariusz Kasprzyk, Grzegorz Dworacki, Bogumiła Stępień
Kardiol Pol 2009;67(9):999-1003.

open access

Vol 67, No 9 (2009)
Other
Published online: 2009-10-12
Submitted: 2012-12-28

Abstract

A case of a 69-year-old man, admitted due to an acute episode of venous thromboembolism (VTE) is described. He had a 3-year history of ‘asymptomatic’ (revealed on routine chest X-ray, but undiagnosed) tumor of anterior mediastinum, and a 8-year history of pemphigus vulgaris treated mainly with steroids. Three months following VTE episode he underwent tumor resection and histopathologic evaluation showed noninvasive, type AB thymoma. Gradual pemphigus remission started some weeks later. We analyse the relationship between thymoma, pemphigus and VTE, and emphasize the usefulness of echocardiographic thymoma imaging as a method complementary to computed tomography/magnetic resonance.

Abstract

A case of a 69-year-old man, admitted due to an acute episode of venous thromboembolism (VTE) is described. He had a 3-year history of ‘asymptomatic’ (revealed on routine chest X-ray, but undiagnosed) tumor of anterior mediastinum, and a 8-year history of pemphigus vulgaris treated mainly with steroids. Three months following VTE episode he underwent tumor resection and histopathologic evaluation showed noninvasive, type AB thymoma. Gradual pemphigus remission started some weeks later. We analyse the relationship between thymoma, pemphigus and VTE, and emphasize the usefulness of echocardiographic thymoma imaging as a method complementary to computed tomography/magnetic resonance.
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Keywords

thromboembolism; thymoma; pemphigus; echocardiography

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Title

Case report
Venous thromboembolism in a patient with noninvasive thymoma and a history of pemphigus

Journal

Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)

Issue

Vol 67, No 9 (2009)

Pages

999-1003

Published online

2009-10-12

Bibliographic record

Kardiol Pol 2009;67(9):999-1003.

Keywords

thromboembolism
thymoma
pemphigus
echocardiography

Authors

Waldemar Elikowski
Wojciech Dyszkiewicz
Małgorzata Małek
Karolina Karman
Mariusz Kasprzyk
Grzegorz Dworacki
Bogumiła Stępień

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